BikeFest at the ARC, Glasgow 08/05/2012Posted by Victoria Leiper in Asda, Glasgow.
Thirty seven riders took part in the first BikeFest Go-Ride Racing event held at Ashgill Recreation Centre in Milton on Saturday 28th April. Part of a city wide league, the first event was a huge success, introducing cycling racing to young people from all over Glasgow.
Local young people as well as Bike Club members from Royston Youth Action, SiMY Saddle Soar, the ARC, Swinton Primary School, Centurions BMX Club, and Garrowhill Primary School nervously signed up for the first event – the one lap individual time-trail at 11am. Nerves soon turned to excitement and determination as the horn blasted marking the official launch of the BikeFest series with local councillor Billie McAllister doing the honours. The course, a 700 metre trail, includes a pump track, bermed section, twists and turns, climbs and descents. 23 riders completed the time trial, with the top 4 riders completing the lap in well under 3 minutes.
1st: Coutney Whyte – 2.18 minutes
1st: Joseph McLeod – 2.18 minutes
2nd: Joshua McPhail – 2.24 minutes
3rd: Kieran Man – 2.28 minutes
4th: Kieran Henderson – 2.34 minutes
4th: Jonathon Macauley – 2.34 minutes
In between races, riders along with their friends and family enjoyed live music by local youth bands, face painting, art workshops, bouncy castles, a bike skills area and BMX coaching with Radworx. They could also get their bike health checked by the Bike Station’s Dr Bike. The sunny weather drew a big crowd, all ready to cheer on the riders for the next event – the 8-12 years race.
Completing two laps of the track, 22 riders set off in bunch along the start line. Fortunately there were no incidents, with all rides displaying excellent and controlled bike handling skills on the tight corner leading to the pump track section. Representing the girls, Millie Marriot-Laurie beat her pre-race nerves and finished first. Not far behind were Kayleigh Boyd in second and Ami Man in third. The boys battled for first with Kai Martin narrowly beating James Anthony Wiggins for first place with Peter Prior close behind in third. They all received a small prize to mark their achievement. All prizes were kindly donated by shops Gear of Glasgow and RIG and were greatly received by all involved in the event – thank you both very much for supporting BikeFest! All riders received a certificate and spoke reflector to celebrate their participation and personal achievement.
The final race of the day was the 12 + and 16+ age category. Setting off together the three lap race was an endurance test, with every rider putting in extra effort to complete the demanding race. A battle for first place ensured, however just beating the time-trail winner to first place in the 12+ category was Ryhs Lyall followed closely by Courtney Whyte and in third place Craig Burns.
In the 16+ category Paul Kelly of the Cumbernauld Centurions BMX Club (NB: is well over 16 and by far the oldest rider of the day…sorry Paul!) finished first, with Marc Hughes just behind him and Jordan Paton putting in a valiant effort to finish third.
The event at the ARC provided an energetic start to the BikeFest series. An excellent mix of enthusiastic riders, sunny weather, entertainment and hard work has set a president for future events in the series. Thanks to all the volunteers from Swinton and Garrowhill Primary, Royston Youth Action and SiMY who helped out on the day. A BIG thanks also to Bob MacFarlane from Scottish Cycling who kept us right throughout the day!
The next event in the BikeFest series is on 23rd June at Cathkin Braes.
Milnbank Carbon Reduction Project announces exciting cycle training opportunities for local people as part of carbon reduction initiative Ally Park Bike Club.
Resident Information event: Tuesday 21st February 2012, 6.30pm, Haghill Leisure Centre.
A new cycling project is set to re-launch in March for local residents in the Haghill and Dennistoun area. Catering for adults, young people and children, the Ally Park Bike Club is part of the wider Milnbank Carbon Reduction Project (MCRP), designed to reduce the carbon footprint of the local area. In just 18 months the MCRP has reduced carbon emissions by an estimated 2000 tonnes. Project Coordinator George Chalmers is confident that the Ally Park Bike Club will compliment the environmental improvements already made in the area, providing extensive training opportunities for local people in the process: George said: “we now have 2 excellent cycle tracks in Ally Park and we are looking forward to the local community getting involved in a range of cycling activities including increasing cycling skills and training in cycle maintenance. We are looking for the Bike Club to develop Ally Park as a cycling hub in the lead up to the Commonwealth Games.”
The Bike Club will utilise the new mountain bike track built in Alexandra Park by the MCRP with funding from the Climate Challenge Fund. Suitable for all ages and abilities, the track was officially launched by The Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport, Shona Robison MSP, alongside special guests, Special Olympics gold medallist cyclists Ronnie Henry and Leanne Peters. In addition, over 400 local residents attended a Cycling Gala to celebrate cycling in the area in September 2011, providing a great introduction to the track and a taste of what the Ally Park Bike Club will offer.
With support from the national Bike Club project, the club will run a series of cycle confidence building courses – all led by local people.
Ally Park Bike Club is currently looking for local residents to take part in a series of tutor training courses, providing the skills required to teach others how to cycle safely and have fun in the process. In addition, volunteers will be provided with a bike on long-term loan. Residents who are interested are invited to attend an open information session on Tuesday 21st February at Haghill Leisure Centre from 6.30pm, providing a chance to find out more about the club and sign up for forthcoming leadership training. For more information please contact Victoria Leiper: Victoria.firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0776 6403 220.
Bike Club is launching a series of leadership courses for women in Glasgow and Edinburgh. Providing female cyclists with the training required to encourage and support more women into cycling, the Belles on Bike course is perfect for anyone looking to learn something new and pass on their passion for cycling. On Thursday 1st March, Bike Club is hosting an information event in Glasgow for anyone interesting in registering for the first Glasgow based Belles on Bikes Leadership Programme. To register your interest in the course and the information event please email email@example.com for a registration form. More detials are below. For Edinburgh based Belles, a similar event will follow – date TBC.
Throughout 2012, Bike Club in partnership with Glasgow Life, Glasgow Community Safety Services and Scottish Cycling, will be hosting a series of events for young people across city. Taking place at a variety of urban mountain bike sites in and around Glasgow, the Youth Cycle League will be a fun and welcoming introduction to cycling, with activities to suit all abilities. Plans are underway at the moment, however we want to involve young people in all stages, from early planning to helping out on the day. Whether you have a flair for design or are interested in event planning in the future, we need your help! Come along to The ARC centre in Milton on Saturday to find out how you can get involved. See the poster below for more details.
Common Wheel get Training 30/01/2012Posted by Victoria Leiper in Asda, Glasgow, Uncategorized.
Common Wheel, a charity which provides meaningful activity for people with mental illness , is due to launch their brand new programme of training for young people in April 2012. Work to redesign and refurbish their main workshop in Maryhill is underway and will allow the already efficient and productive workshop to run more bike building and maintenance courses, including their new Bike Club venture.
Young people will be refered to Common Wheel via the NHS ESTEEM service which operates across Glasgow to provide a dedicated service for people aged 16 + who are experiencing a first episode of psychosis. The team offers advice, support, treatment and various interventions.
While the workshop is getting a make over, staff and volunteers, including several long term clients who will act as peer mentors for the young people, have been working on achieving Weldtech bike maintenance accreditation. Funding from Bike Club supported long term clients achieve this qualification. The opportunity to gain a recognised bike maintenance qualification has created a real sense of achievement and has ignited a desire to work towards other training opportunities in the near future, serving an “additional purpose” and delight at “being asked to take part”.
Using the training, the volunteers have identified the key training components which make up each accreditation level in the youth bike building and training programme and has also set a framework for future clients who may wish to seek accreditation. Common Wheel commented that “this will be particularly important for the under 25s as it will contribute to the sense of hope and confidence which is so needed for recovery from mental health illness.”
Below: the workshop as it was….a haven for bike lovers!
Ally Park Go Mountain Bike Club! 25/11/2011Posted by Victoria Leiper in Asda, Glasgow, Uncategorized.
Young people from Haghill Park Primary School and Golfhill Primary School in Glasgow’s east end have come together to form their own Bike Club after the success of the East End Cycle Gala earlier this year. The cycle gala, coordinated by Bike Club, Milnbank Carbon Reduction Project (MCRP) and the Glasgow Bike Station introduced young people to the new mountain bike track built by MCRP earlier in the year. During the event, lots of young people expressed an interest in a regular club designed to increase confidence to ride the track and improve all round mountain bike skills. The Go Mountain Bike proficiency award does just that…offering young people a step by step guide to mountain biking from the very basics right through to planning independent rides on the trails. Local cycle provider Ed’s Cycle Coop is leading a 4 week introductory course due to end in mid December. This will be followed by a maintenance course delivered by the Bike Station. In the new year the club will resume, offering BMX, Bikeablity training and group bike rides in the local area.
The track was officially unveiled in September by Shona Robison MSP, who said: “Today is another example of the ongoing regeneration of Glasgow’s East End. This type of initiative adds real value to the East End which is also seeing both world-class sporting facilities and terrific new community resources as a result of the 2014 Commonwealth Games. We can’t underestimate the valuable role that sport can play in community life and the importance of making sure that people have access to it.
“Climate change is one of the biggest challenges facing us today and by investing in facilities such as this we can help to ensure that people not only have more and better opportunities to participate in sport but that communities are empowered such as in Milnbank through the Climate Challenge Fund to take action to reduce their carbon footprint.”
Led by Milnbank Housing Association, the project was funded by the Climate Challenge Fund with additional support from Glasgow City Council, Cycling Scotland and sponsorship from Safedem and Caledonian Construction Ltd.
Bike Club is assisting the group make good use of this new facility and looks forward to the year ahead…with lots of exciting cycling projects for young people currently in the planning stage, the future is looking ‘wheelie good’ (sorry for the bad pun!) in the east end!
Glasgow ladies get cycling with Backbone 25/11/2011Posted by Victoria Leiper in Asda, Girls, Glasgow, Scotland, Uncategorized.
Backbone Ladies learn to Ride’ is a joint Bike Club project with Backbone and the Forestry Commission Scotland. Almost 3 months into the course, 12 previously non-cyclists are now taking to the saddle on a regular basis with confidence and skill. Thanks to expert tuition from Bike Station Cycle Trainers Anna Cook and Vicki Harris, the girls have gone from complete beginner to tackling hills and trails in and around Glasgow, including Glasgow Green, Pollock Park and Chatelherault Country Park. This week the group is venturing to Balloch on the bonny banks of Loch Lomond. In between their days out, the group have been learning key bike maintenance skills at the Bike Station so they are always prepared while out on long rides. The next stage in their cycle masterclass is developing their own leadership skills – learning how to teach others the valuable cycle skills they have learned over the last 3 months. Through a program developed by Backbone which includes Cycling Scotland’s Ride Leader training, the ladies will take the challenge to set up their own Bike Club for girls and young women in the new year. I met up with them last week on a beautiful winters day in Chatelhault Country Park and enjoyed an afternoon of good cycling and even better company!
The pictures above are courtesy of project partner and joint funder the Forestry Commission Scotland.
The Somali Community Regeneration Organisation (SCRO) is an independent organisation working to improve the lives of the Somali Community in Glasgow. Since establishing the group just two years ago, the SCRO, ran entirely by volunteers, has set up a number of health promoting projects including a walking club, football league and a ‘play program’ for young people. They also have internet facilities, a jobs club and offer accommodation support and advice.
Earlier this year, the SCRO applied for Bike Club funding to add a cycling club to their youth play program. consultation with young people in the community found that mountain biking in-particular was something which interest the group but seemed out of reach largely due to economic reasons as well of lack of experience and knowledge of where to go. Bike Club awarded the group funding and support to program two consecutive Go Mountain Bike courses with local providers Alba Adventure and Glasgow Community safety Services. Over a 12 week period, the group visited various mountain bike sites in and around Glasgow, including the 2014 Commonwealth Games mountain bike track at Cathkin Braes. Bike Club also supported the group to apply for additional funding from Cycling Scotland to buy their own fleet of mountain bikes as well as Trail Cycle Leader and Weldtech training for 3 volunteers. The project has grown considerably in the last three months and the waiting list to take part in the next program is already full!
Bike Club leader Ahmed Abdilahi said “We are so pleased with the Bike Club…until recently, the young Somali community living in Glasgow had very little chance to experience outdoor activities. The Somali Bike Club aims to address this and organise regular and accessible bike trips outside the city so that the Somali community have equal opportunities to experience rural Scotland and get fit and healthy in the process.”
On Saturday Ahmed organised an awards ceremony for 14 young people and their families who took part in the first Somali Bike Club program. The celebration was to mark their commitment and progress since joining the club and included an amazing feast of traditional Somali food.
Each member of the club received a well deserved Bike Club Certificate to recognise their commitment to the club. A few extra special prizes were awarded to those who had displayed best conduct, attendance and hard work during the course. I was very honoured to be invited along to say a few words and present the certificates.
Untill the next project starts the group are running a bike hire scheme to allow young people to continue cycling to school. Cycle Training and Bike maintenance sessions will run throughout the Autumn and Winter to help improve cycle skills. Plans to kick start the second Mountain Bike project are underway and all fingers are crossed for a further grant from the 2014 Commonwealth Communities Fund to add more mountain bikes sessions throughout 2012, allowing even more young Somali people the chance to benefit from this great project. Below is the group with their lovely new bikes.
Swinton Primary School is a small eco school in the East End of Glasgow. Catering for young people from Baillieston, Easterhouse and Swinton, the school was recently awarded Cycling Scotland’s Cycle Friendly Primary School Award in recognition of their hard work and commitment to promoting cycling the area. Committed parent volunteers Stuart and Fran are the driving force behind the schools cycle success. Last year they delivered a popular ‘stabilizers off’ club for younger pupils in the school and more recently they secured additional funding from Cycling Scotland to purchase a bike trailer for the school and the wider community to utilise.
Building on this success, they have now set up a new Bike Club for Primary 5/6/7 pupils and their parents. Every Tuesday afterschool, the group meet and go for a lengthy bike ride in the area, taking in both quiet roads and dedicated cycle routes. The idea is to introduce the group to cycling on the road with experienced and trained ride leaders. Several parents have started attending the rides, making the most of the opportunity to have fun with their children and get some exercise in the process! With their Bike Club funding the group bought a fleet of shiny new bikes to ensure that everyone in the school can join the club, regardless of whether they own a bike or not. They also bought lovely bright waterproof cycle jackets, printed with the school logo and Bike Club logo (a good waterproof is a must if cycling in Glasgow!). Stuart also completed the Weldtech Gold bike maintenance qualification and intends to deliver bike maintenance sessions over the dark winter months when cycling becomes a bit trickier! I had a lovely evening cycling with them from Easterhouse to Coatbridge and was very impressed with the groups cycling skill and on-road cycle safety awareness.
A great day out at the East End Cycle Gala! 28/09/2011Posted by Victoria Leiper in Asda, Events, Glasgow, Scotland.
Back in May, Bike Clubs from across the East End of Glasgow came together with a host of other cycling projects in the city to discuss how to work together better and promote cycling to the community. Since then we have taken part in many events as a big group, made a short film about Bike Club and on Saturday 17th September held the first East End Cycle Gala in Alexandra Park.
In partnership with Milnbank Carbon Reduction Project (MCRP), Haghill Park Primary School and the Glasgow Bike Station, the main focus of the event was the grand opening of the new mountain bike track built by MCRP with funding from the Climate Challenge Fund. A great facility for the local community, the track offers young people the chance to experience the thrill of mountain biking in the heart of the city. Bike Clubs from all over Glasgow descended on the park along with young people from the nearby Dennistoun and Haghill areas. Over 300 people attended the event, taking advantage of all the activities on offer:
The 7 Stanes Stunt team impressed the crowd with their amazing stunts all afternoon, the Smoothie Bike was kept busy making delicious pedal powered fruity drinks, the Radworx guys were mobbed – teaching BMX tricks on their mobile ramps and the Peachy Keen human energy exhibition was a huge hit. Two Go Mountain Bike coaches from Ed’s Cycle Coop led group skills rides on the new track all afternoon, introducing young people and parents to the track and the many ride variations available. Glasgow Life Art tutor Lesley led a very creative art workshop making prints and Jackson Pollock inspired art pieces which will be used in the school to promote the new Ally Park Bike Club.
Ques for the Glasgow Bike Station Dr Bike and Bike Swap started early in the afternoon. With such a good deal on offer this was unsurprising. The Bike Station guys were offer a swap your old bike for a new one, including new helmets, lights and locks all for free! Face painting, free tea from a Christiana Bike and a big bike goodie giveaway from Glasgow City Council completed the afternoon.
The event raised the profile of both the new bike track and cycling in Glasgow. Thanks to everyone who came and all the activity providers and volunteers who helped out!
The above pictures were taken by two local photograpghers who came along to document the event. Thanks so much to Duncan McVicar and Mark Gallagher!